Police set up cordons in a suburb of Auckland following reports of multiple stabbings, in New Zealand, on Thursday. Photo: Michael Craig/New Zealand Herald via AP
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4 people wounded by man on stabbing rampage in New Zealand

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By NICK PERRY

A man wounded four people in a stabbing rampage stopped by bystanders who brought him to the ground in a New Zealand city neighborhood Thursday, police said.

Police District Commander Naila Hassan said the attack in Auckland was random and the suspect was in custody. She said there was no indication the attack was a hate crime, as the victims were of different genders, ethnicities and ages.

“This was an extremely fast-moving incident, where our police staff responded quickly, apprehended the offender and prevented further harm to our communities,” Hassan said.

She said the victims all suffered moderate injuries.

People in the neighborhood began following and surrounding the man after he began his attack and one brought him down using a walking crutch, Hassan said.

“Members of the public acted with extreme bravery,” she said.

She said the man had been carrying a large knife and suffered moderate injuries when he was apprehended, and had been hospitalized as a result.

She said the attack, which began in the suburb of Murrays Bay, lasted less than 10 minutes.

New Zealand was the site of two violent stabbing rampages at supermarkets last year. One was considered a terror attack while a judge found no motive for the other attack.

Last September, a Muslim extremist inspired by the Islamic State group stabbed five people in an Auckland supermarket before police shot and killed him. Three of those he stabbed were critically injured and two other people were also injured in the melee, but all survived.

And in May last year, shoppers and staff at a Dunedin supermarket managed to stop a frenzied man from hurting others after he stabbed four people in a random attack, severely wounding three of them.

The Dunedin attacker, 43-year-old Luke Lambert, was convicted on four counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

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Big hint in the name how it happened

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A man wounded four people in a stabbing rampage stopped by bystanders who brought him to the ground in a New Zealand city neighborhood Thursday, police said.

A criminal with access to a deadly weapon.

Last September, a Muslim extremist inspired by the Islamic State group stabbed five people in an Auckland supermarket before police shot and killed him.

If someone was armed earlier with a firearm today, maybe four people wouldn't have been stabbed.

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@Fighto! You say this is an "EXAMPLE" there is no such thing as an example when people die. Don't try to compare murder by knife vs. Gun!!!! A murder is a murder by any means whether it was committed by stoning someone, stabbing them or chocking them the list can go on even to include poisoning. It's simple MAN will kill with what ever they can use as a weapon of choice to get what they want accomplished.

A telling example of how restricting access to guns greatly prevents deaths in these rampages.

Hoping the victims recover fully. Well done to the hero members of the public for subduing this madman. Well done NZ on your gun laws.

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With easy access to guns you depend on good guys with guns to stop bad guys after they shot other people.

Without easy access to guns you depend on good guys (no need for them to have any weapon) to stop bad guys after they stab a few people.

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Walking crutch saves the day.

No details on the attacker apart from he's a man.

Less than 10 min - bravo !

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When backpacking in NZ years back, I stayed in Murray’s Bay. It is a quant, middle to upper class beach suburb. The psychological impact to locals will be massive.

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Thank goodness for sensible gun laws. This could have been so much worse.

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She said there was no indication the attack was a hate crime, as the victims were of different genders, ethnicities and ages.

Ever heard of misanthropy?

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No, it would have been almost the same: disturbed person attacks people an assault weapon, and is subdued by bystanders using rocket launchers, flame throwers and machine guns. Thoughts and prayers.

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People in the neighborhood began following and surrounding the man after he began his attack and one brought him down using a walking crutch, Hassan said.

gun supporters say they want people to feel safe against bad people with guns but its quite the opposite, people do feel safe when no one has any guns, to the point of going all the way to subdue and stop the assailant. At least in my country there is no excuse for anyone to walk around with anything bigger than a 9mm, and you need a good reason to even be able to have that

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A telling example of how restricting access to guns greatly prevents deaths in these rampages.

Hoping the victims recover fully. Well done to the hero members of the public for subduing this madman. Well done NZ on your gun laws.

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